Jury deliberates whether young woman murdered her newborn

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Jurors have begun deliberations in the murder trial of a young Ohio woman accused of killing and burying her newborn daughter.

Warren County assistant prosecutor Julie Kraft said in closing arguments Thursday that Brooke Skylar Richardson’s unwanted baby wasn’t part of the high school cheerleader’s plans to keep her “perfect life.”

Defense attorney Charles M. Rittgers told jurors that prosecutors stuck with inaccurate information even though they knew it was false. He emphasized reasons to doubt their case and said Richardson repeatedly told authorities the baby wasn’t alive when she gave birth in 2017.

The baby’s remains were found in her family’s backyard.

The jury of seven women and five men began deliberations late Thursday morning.

Richardson, now 20, faces life in prison if convicted of murder.

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